Safe & Together

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5th Annual Safe & Together Symposium
with Core Practice Training 

Symposium – September 21-22, 2017
Pre-Symposium – September 20, 2017
Core Practice Training – September 18-20, 2017
St. Anthony Hotel, San Antonio, Texas 

Welcome to the 5th National Safe and Together Symposium. After an extremely successful 2016 event, we are excited to announce that this year’s symposium will have following areas of focus:

  • Real Strength: Adult Survivors’ Protective Capacities as Parents
  • Voices of Children: Adult Child Survivors and Their Experiences
  • Working with Men as Parents: Practicing as if Men’s Choices Matter to Child and Family Functioning
  • Moving Texas Forward: Advancing Domestic Violence-Informed Practice Across the Lone Star State

What can you expect this September?

  • Practice and policy-specific training about the intersection of domestic violence and child maltreatment
  • How the Safe and Together™ model can enhance collaboration in communities where co-located domestic violence advocates or specialists work inside child welfare agencies
  • National experts on children exposed to violence
  • Opportunities to discuss harm, resilience and healing for children
  • Using a perpetrator pattern-based approach to understanding child safety

Where will the Symposium be this year?

Held in San Antonio Texas at the luxurious St. Anthony’s hotel (walking distance to the River Walk and Alamo), we know this year’s symposium will be a wonderful opportunity to learn, share ideas and develop collaborative opportunities while enjoying all that San Antonio has to offer. Learn More about San Antonio. We are pleased to announce that the St. Anthony Hotel will offer a discounted nightly room rate of $179 for our guests! See below for more information of make your reservation here.

Who should attend?

The Safe and Together Symposium is designed for both professionals experienced with the model as well as those attending Safe and Together model training for the first time. The Symposium audience includes child welfare frontline workers, supervisors, managers/administrators; child welfare attorneys; domestic violence advocates, counselors, administrators; policy makers; researchers; judges; Guardians ad Litem, CASAs; home visitors; mental health and substance abuse professionals; fatherhood program staff; and/or batterer intervention providers. Participants should be interested in enhancing safety for children, developing responsible fatherhood practices, supporting survivors of domestic violence and intervening with perpetrators of domestic violence.

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Choose from a full week of training and workshop options:

Safe & Together Model Core Practice Training (NEW) 

September 18-20 / 8am – 5pm / Breakfast & Lunch provided

The Safe and Together Model’s foundational skills training, has been significantly redesigned and updated based on feedback from participants and sites around the globe. The Core Practice Training has been delivered to child welfare, domestic violence advocates, batterer intervention professionals, police and family service providers nationally and internationally for more than five years as a foundation to supporting Domestic Violence-Informed practices and systems change. Join the first open-enrollment Core Practice Training in San Antonio BEFORE the Safe and Together Symposium!

Held on Monday – Wednesday from 8:00am – 5:00pm at the St. Anthony Hotel, with breakfast and lunch provided, the redesigned Core Practice Training will include:

  • Skills-based training goals: assessment, interviewing, documentation and case planning
  • More experiential learning using practice tools and exercises
  • Videos demonstrating interviewing with perpetrators, partnering with survivors and engaging children
  • Greater emphasis on complex, multi-issue cases
  • Gateway to become Certified Trainer of the Safe & Together Model
  • Certificate of 22 training hours (NASW CECs pending)
  • Learn More about the Core Practice Training

Pre-Symposium Workshops 

September 20 / 9am – 4pm / Breakfast & Lunch provided
(Choose to attend a full day skills-based training)

  1. The Safe and Together Model: This introductory course will provide an overview of the model’s Principles, Critical Components and some basic practice skills around perpetrator pattern-based risk assessment, case mapping and impact on children. This full-day course is recommended for anyone new to the Safe & Together model.
  2. Enhancing Advocacy: Improving outcomes for survivors and their children involved in the child welfare system has been part of the ongoing mission for domestic violence advocates. This full-day training will highlight some key topics from the Advocacy Institute, such as shared language with child welfare, pivoting and mapping survivors’ strengths. Anyone is welcome.
  3. Interviewing Perpetrators to Promote Child Safety: This advanced full-day training will cover how a foundation of a perpetrator pattern-based, behavior focused, gender responsive, non-judgmental approach can be effective when working with domestic violence perpetrators from all different backgrounds. Those attending are recommended to have had some exposure to the Safe & Together Model previously.
  4. Maintaining Rigor When Partnering with Families: This training will engage participants in critical thinking about their practice when there is a perpetrator pattern of coercion, control and violence. Participants will be introduced to Safe and Together concepts to increase their proficiency in engaging domestic violence survivors using solution focused, safety organizing strategies. Trainers will share and model use of the SOP DV Timeline tool, created by Luck P Luckey to engage the survivor in wanting to partner with the agency and jointly make a balanced assessment of safety and danger.


September 21-22 / 9am – 4pm / Breakfast & Lunch provided

The following is a tentative outline of workshops and plenaries that will be offered at the Safe and Together Model Symposium. A complete agenda will be published soon.

  • Research on the importance of partnering with adult survivors around the safety and well being of children
  • Experiences from adult children exposed to domestic violence and research on resiliency
  • Discussions on male parental development and its importance to working with men as parents
  • Texas specific workshops for child protection, domestic violence advocates, batterer intervention and prevention program staff and others
  • Workshops on Safety Organized Practice, Structured Decision Making and Safe and Together

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Presenter Highlight:

Domestic Violence: Developing Perpetrator Pattern Case When Partnering with Families
Luck P Luckey, Practice Coach, County of San Diego Child Welfare Services and Trainer
Heather Meitner, Senior Program Specialist, NCCD Children’s Research Center

Domestic violence can have an impact on the physical and emotional safety of the children and the functioning of the entire family. This hands-on training will engage participants in critical thinking about their practice when there is a perpetrator pattern of coercion, control and violence. It can be a challenge to hold the perpetrator accountable while keeping the children safe and together with the survivor.

  • Trainers will use Safe and Together concepts to assist child welfare workers increase proficiency in engaging domestic violence perpetrators using solution focused and safety organized strategies.
  • Trainers will share and model use of solution focused questions while interviewing perpetrators to create the belief that there is a possibility of change.
  • Learners will be introduced to the six core components of a domestic violence case plan.
  • Participants will identify perpetrator’s pattern of coercive control and practice building SMART case plans that meet the family needs, hold’s perpetrators accountable, and maintains child safety first.

Register 5 from your agency/community to the Symposium and your 6th registration is FREE*

Safe and Together Institute Free Members receive a 5% discount on all rates.
Click here to register for your free basic membership and get your discount code





Book your room at the St. Anthony Hotel:

We are pleased to announce that this popular downtown hotel will offer a DISCOUNTED room rate of $179 per night for our guests!


Call 866-716-8136 and mention Safe & Together Symposium
$179 per night until August 25, 2017

Plan your trip to San Antonio:

Full Agenda Coming Soon! 


– Core Practice Training (Mon-Wed) run from 8:00am – 5:00pm
– Symposium and Pre-Symposium (Wed-Fri) run from 9:00am – 4:00pm
– Breakfast and Lunch will be provided every day
– CECs and OVW Grantee approval are currently in process
– Core Practice Training is NOT a prerequisite to Symposium

Team Discount

*Agency/Community Development Registration Special

Safe & Together Institute will provide one free symposium registration for every five registrations from within an agency and/or a community. For more information, contact Kay Stevenson at

Additional Event Information

Payment by credit card, Paypal, check or PO. To use a purchase order or to request a W-9 contact Kay Stevenson at or (860) 319-0966 ext.108. Make all checks payable to: David Mandel & Associates LLC. Mail them to: David Mandel & Associates LLC PO Box 745 Canton CT 06019.

*OVW Grantee Approval

Grantees from OVW’s Consolidated Youth, Justice for Families, LAV, Rural, and State Coalitions have been conditionally approved to attend this conference. Grantees from the aforementioned programs are required to contact their OVW program specialist to get approval specific to their award. Note that a GAN must be completed before grantees commit or expend any funds related to attending this conference.

Grantees from OVW’s STOP program have been approved to attend this conference and do not have to obtain prior approval from OVW. STOP subgrantees need approval from their STOP State Administrator. Grantees that are not required to get prior approval are advised to place a “memo to the file” in their grant records indicating the conference approval reference number.

The reference number for this conference is OVW-2017-MU-025. This number must be used by grantees when requesting approval via a GAN or in their “memo to the file.” This approval and assigned reference number is for this conference only.

*NASW CE Information

This program (PreSymposium and Symposium) is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886624904-5303) for 15 continuing education contact hours

General Event Information & PO registrations

Kay Stevenson, Business Manager
Safe and Together Institute
(860)319-0966 x108 /

Check out 3 short clips from a previous Symposium: